JAN - 30TH NO SCHOOL

January 30th is a Professional Development Day for staff and a non school day for students.

SEHS Talent Show

SEHS Talent Show!  Do you have a talent that you want to show-off?  On February 11th at lunch in the large gym, students will have the opportunity to sing, dance, juggle, etc. on stage.  Sign-up forms are in the office and are due by January 29th (Jan. 30th is a no school day).  A mandatory performance screening will take place on February 4th.

Yearbook Advertising: Deadline - Friday, Feb. 27

If you would like to advertise a farewell ad for your senior, or an ad for your local business, see  the instructions here. Then fill out this form, and submit it with the necessary materials to Bobbie Willis’s mailbox in the Main Office by Friday, Feb. 27. Thank you!

Smarter Balanced Parent Info Nights

YOU’RE INVITED

Smarter Balanced Assessment parent information nights

Things are changing in your student’s classroom, in homework, and in assessments of his or her learning.

Oregon and more than 40 other states have developed and adopted shared academic expectations, called the Common Core State Standards. They are clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts in order to be ready to graduate with an Oregon diploma, ready for college, careers and life.

With new standards, we need new tools to measure student learning of the standards. This spring the new Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the old OAKS tests for reading, writing and math.

Please join us at a parent information night to learn more about Oregon’s new Smarter Balanced assessments. The presentation will cover why the state tests have changed, how they will be implemented, and concrete examples of how to help your student. The format will engage attendees in hands-on experience.

Monday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane

Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road

Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Avenue

Spanish-language information night:
Monday, Mar. 2, 6:30–8 p.m.
4J Education Center Auditorium 200 N. Monroe St.

Every information night will have the same information and activities, so you can choose whichever time and location works best for you. We’ll start by sharing information for parents of all ages, then break out to different groups for parents of elementary, middle and high school students. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Questions?

www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/commoncorestatestandards www.corestandards.org
or call 541-790-7877

Click to open/download flyers:

• Smarter Balanced Assessment Parent Info Nights – English and Spanish (4J)
• Smarter Balanced Family Night – English (ODE)
• Smarter Balanced Family Night – Spanish (ODE)

New Attendance Policy

From our principal, Stephanie Cannon:

SEHS and the other 4j District schools are initiating new attendance policies. It is important that parents are aware of and understand these new guidelines and the potential penalties for unexcused absences. Instructional time is critical to students’ academic progress so it is important that they maintain good attendance in each of their classes.

We know there are legitimate reasons to miss class on occasion. Parents and guardians must call or email the SEHS attendance office to excuse your student for those absences. A key change in our policy is that the call or email must occur within two school days of the absence. If we don’t receive that information within two days, your student’s absence will be recorded as unexcused.

The administrators and counselors are regularly monitoring all students’ attendance. Once a student has three unexcused period absences within a month’s time, a notice is sent home and possibly a consequence issued. Eight unexcused period absences within a month’s time will result in a ‘live’ phone call home, and very likely a meeting with the student, their parent/guardian, and an administrator. A school consequence may occur, and additionally, the student may be in danger of truancy.

If we determine a student are truant (unexcused for 8 half days or four full days) we will file a truancy report with the district and a truancy officer will go to the student’s home. Parents/guardians could receive a truancy citation of $160.00.

Finally, teachers may award only partial credit for work in their classes if a student has five or more unexcused absences during a trimester.

These policies are not only necessary steps for complying with the legal requirements related to non-attendance; they help our school identify students who need additional support to attend class. We know that good attendance is a vital component of the students’ educational achievement, and our goal is to support all of our students’ progress in school.

Daily Announcements are here!

Just a reminder that our wonderful Debra Banks posts the Daily Announcements to this website every day! If you miss hearing them at the start of second period, or want to re-check something you heard, you can always come here and click the “Daily Announcements” link in the News menu, or go directly to http://sehs.4j.lane.edu/daily-announcements/ .

Winter Weather & School Closure

Wondering About Winter Weather

Sign up now for weather-related school closure alerts!

When schools close or bus routes change due to hazardous winter weather, you want to know as quickly as possible.  There are several ways to get the news on snowy or icy days:

Text-message alerts via Twitter (go to www.4j.lane.edu/weather to learn how to sign up)

•    4J website, www.4j.lane.edu

•    KRVM 91.9 FM

•    Other radio and television news stations

If there is a change in the school schedule or bus routes due to inclement weather, Eugene School District 4J will announce the change.  If school is in session and on regular schedule, the district will NOT make an announcement. Weather-related school closure decisions normally are made early in the morning and announced via all methods by 6:30 a.m.  These decisions are made district wide and are the same for every 4J school.

Parents of students who ride school buses that sometimes use snow routes have been informed of what to do when snow routes are in effect.

If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored.